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Philippine Muslim War Heats Up

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front(MILF) has gone back to using military force after peace negotiations with the government broke down. Philippine military aircraft blasted MILF boats carrying at least 100 insurgents causing large number of casualties. The major issue confronting the Philippine nation is the desire of their Muslim minority which mainly lives in southern regions of the nation for control over those areas in which they are a majority. A problem is the presence of Christians in the same areas and they have no desire to live under control of a Muslim government which undoubtedly would impose Sharia law. Peace negotiations ceased when opposition leaders in the legislature condemned the government for even considering a sharing of power arrangement. The result is once again the nation is facing a cruel and sadistic guerrilla war which will go on for years.

There are promises and offers of bounties for the death of Moro leaders but they most probably are being offered to show a position of strength. They are akin to Bush boasts of rewards for the death of Osama bin Laden. The war goes on, death continues, and sometime in the coming year there again will be negotiations.

Philippine President Urged To End National Corruption

There is growing furor in the Philippines about endemic corruption which is rapidly eroding public confidence in the nation’s institutions. Speaker of the House Jose de Venecio called upon President Gloria Macapagal to lead a “moral revolution” before there is a complete collapse of public trust. He cited the enormous influence possessed by drug and gambling lords who are funding elections in order to ensure no action is taken against their activities. National Security Adviser, Norberto Gonzalez claims, “I’m raising corruption as a national security threat. It has become the system of the country.” In 2005, there was a scandal when it was revealed the president had conversations with the Election Commission about ensuring she emerged from the election with at least a million vote majority. This week two governors said they recently emerged from a meeting with President Macapagal and received paper bags as they left containing 500,000 pesos($11,360). On Tuesday, Catholic bishops said actions by the nation’s leaders reflected a “moral bankruptcy.”

The Philippine is engaged in a violent civil war against al-Qaeda style Muslim rebels who control large areas in southern parts of the nation. Allegations of corruption hurt any efforts to end the insurgency because if people lose confidence in their nation’s leadership it makes more difficult the task of ending an insurgency.